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Summary

  1. Wenger news conference ahead of match v Everton
  2. Scottish chief Regan steps down
  3. French referee banned for six matches
  4. Gossip: Mahrez misses training again

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By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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  1. FULL-TIME

    You've heard from everyone and that is your lot for today.

    Come back on Saturday for Premier League action.

    Until then.

  2. Conte wants to 'respect contract'

    Watford v Chelsea, Mon (20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    A final bit from Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, which is very interesting.

    Asked if he understands why people are linking him with Italy or PSG or Real Madrid, Conte said:

    “No, I don't know why. I don't know why. I repeat, my intention, my will, is to respect the contract. We signed a three-year contract. I think our desire is to continue and to respect the contract.

    "But, from the start of the season, after our defeat against Burnley there was a lot of speculation about me being sacked. But I'm not interested in this. My only desire is to work and try and do my best for this team.

    "We know very well the difficulty we are in, and may have in the future. But we must be prepared. We know very well our path this season.”

  3. Warnock says Guardiola criticism is 'unfair'

    Manager Neil Warnock is not happy about the coverage Cardiff City have received after Joe Bennett's lunge on Leroy Sane.

    "It's disappointing. It didn't surprise me, certain tabloids," Warnock told BBC Sport Wales.

    "I said it was a bad tackle at the time. If you look at Kevin De Bruyne's tackle on Jazz [Richards], his studs are right on his thigh.

    "You look at Fernandinho's booking, that was a bad tackle. You look at West Brom this week [in which Matt Phillips and James McClean committed bad fouls on Brahim Diaz and De Bruyne].

    "We were the only game worth commenting on because Chelsea-Newcastle was a foregone conclusion, so we took the brunt. There's only one bad tackle really in the game."

    However, Warnock is going to make Bennett train alone this weekend as a punishment for his "stupid," red card.

    Read the full story here

    Bennett's foul on Sane
  4. Mahrez will be dealt with

    Leicester v Swansea, Sat (15:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Leicester manager Claude Puel has been addressing the media after Riyad Mahrez missed training for a fourth day.

    The Foxes turned down a bid from Premier League leaders Manchester City on transfer deadline day.

    Puel said: "The club took the decision for the best interest of Leicester, we needed to respect this decision. It is the best decision for our squad.

    "The position with Riyad, we will assess. After the transfer window, it is a tough decision for us to mange now. It is important now to move on and to keep our focus on the pitch. I hope Riyad can clear his head and come back with us as he is a valuable player for us and crucial in our play.

    "We need to stay united after all this, it is a situation we need to manage but other things will stay inside the club. We will deal with his side and the club, not in public."

  5. More from Moyes

    Brighton v West Ham, Sat (15:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    West Ham boss David Moyes has also been talking about the January transfer window and Saturday's match at Brighton.

    On the transfer window: "We would have liked one more player.

    "We have enough cover if we get players back. Marko (Arnautovic) is not too far away. We were in for Slimani, but he chose to go to Newcastle. We had interest in Dendonker and Amadou and would have been happy with one, but for whatever reason they didn't come off."

    On Brighton: "We will go there and try to win, but you need to keep picking up points. That's really important.

    "I'd like to look up and challenge the teams above us, but we cannot afford to lose because the trapdoor is not far below us."

  6. Injury update

    Burnley v Man City, Sat (12:30 GMT)

    Manchester City

    What's the news from the treatment table?

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said: "Benjamin Mendy is much, much better. Today he is in New York. I think in two months, maybe March, he will be available and start to train with us.

    " Yesterday David Silva could not train - he was recovering. He has a painful kick in the side. We will see today how he feels."

  7. 'No prejudice' - Moyes

    Brighton v West Ham, Sat (15:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    West Ham boss David Moyes has been answering questions after the suspension of the club's director of recruitment Tony Henry.

    Henry allegedly said the club would not sign any more African players, but Moyes says the comments are wrong.

    "Joseph Yobo I think was my first signing at Everton. I signed Steven Pienaar three times," said Moyes.

    "I don't think any Premier League club has more African players than West Ham and we tried to sign two on deadline day.

    "We have a multicultural squad and we always try to sign the best players available."

    David Moyes
  8. 'Not over yet'

    Burnley v Man City, Sat (12:30 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is in his seat.

    The Spaniard is not taking anything for granted.

    He said: "There is 13 games, 39 points to play, we are 15 ahead, It’s not over. We have tough games left to play. We cannot deny and everyone knows how tough it is at Burnley. We have Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea to play."

  9. Jose concedes title defeat

    Man Utd v Huddersfield Sat, (15:00 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    For the first time, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has conceded that the title race is over.

    Defeat at Tottenham on Wednesday left United 15 points adrift of Manchester City with only 13 games remaining.

    "We are trying to become first of the last," he said. "We want to finish second."

    It must be galling for Mourinho to say such a thing, after all it is only 2 February.

  10. Hammers team news

    Brighton v West Ham, Sat (15:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario should be in the starting XI for his first away Premier League appearance as a West Ham player since arriving on loan from Inter Milan.

    "We hope Antonio will have a chance of being available. Winston Reid is coming on a bit," said Hammers manager David Moyes. "Jose Fonte could do with a couple of reserve games, but he's training, and we need all the numbers we can."

  11. 'Nothing true' on Zlatan

    Man Utd v Huddersfield, Sat (15:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    What about the future of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been linked with a move to MLS side LA Galaxy?

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said: "I don't speak with players about the media. I see him every day. Today I was with fitness coaches watching him. He has never mentioned anything to me. I presume there is nothing true. I suppose if there was any truth I would be the first to know."

  12. Moyes faces questions

    Brighton v West Ham, Sat (15:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    West Ham boss David Moyes is set to speak, but unlikely to address the suspension of the club's director of recruitment Tony Henry.

    Henry allegedly said the club would not sign any more African players.

  13. 'I give credit'

    Man Utd v Huddersfield, Sat (15:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho seems to have given up on the Premier League title...in February:

    He said: "Manchester City are doing so well. Not letting the others come close. With the number of points we have in normal conditions that would leave the fight open. It is open for second, third, fourth but practically closed for the first.

    "City started strongly. Managed to win matches even when they didn't deserve. I give credit. Last minute in extra time. If you tell me all the six want to be champion so the the other five have failed. I don't think that is correct."

  14. 'Better than last season

    Man Utd v Huddersfield, Sat (15:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is asked if it important to bounce back from the defeat against Tottenham last time out:

    "Not because of this Munich disaster that the game becomes important for us. Important for us because we need points to be the first of the last. Try to finish second, we have been in this position all season.First for a few weeks but we have been second for the rest.

    "It has been better than last season in every aspect. We have to try to stay there and it is not easy because there are some very good teams. Chelsea is the champion, fantastic market, Liverpool are good.

    "Arsenal had a good market. Tottenham are fantastic. They are five points behind us. We are doing better than last season."

  15. Conte focussed on Chelsea

    Watford v Chelsea, Mon (20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    There has been plenty of talk about Conte's future at Stamford Bridge and rumours he could be in line for the Italy national team job, but he insists he is focussed on the job in hand.

    "There was a lot of speculation that I could be sacked [after the Burnley loss]," he says. "But I'm not interested in this."

    Antonio Conte
  16. 'Bring joy for people'

    Man Utd v Huddersfield, Sat (15:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Saturday's fixture against Huddersfield is Manchester United's last before Tuesday's 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster.

    Manager Jose Mourinho said: "This is something that is part of my life and football culture before I become Manchester United manager. Such a tragedy, stayed in last 60 years. Obviously it means much more as United manager but belongs to every sportmen.

    "One of the biggest tragedies. Reaction, strength, union. Passion and respect for the club and families. It will be a day to play well and bring joy for people to be together and enjoy their colours and show all the respect for the people."

  17. Morata ruled out

    Watford v Chelsea, Mon (20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    According to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, striker Alvaro Morata remains out injured, but Olivier Giroud might not be ready to start in his place.

    Andreas Christensen will miss the game through injury but it is not as serious as first feared.

    The manager says he will also have to check a couple of other players before Monday although Willian is in line to return.

    Alvaro Morata
  18. News on Mahrez?

    Leicester v Swansea, Sat (15:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Leicester boss Claude Puel is set to address the waiting media. We're expecting the word 'Mahrez' to feature.

    Foxes forward Riyad Mahrez missed training for a fourth day running, after a potential deadline day move to Manchester City fell through.

    Watch this space.

  19. Conte calls

    Watford v Chelsea, Mon (20:00 GMT)

    Chelsea

    Off to hear from Chelsea boss Antonio Conte now after a week which saw the Blues lose 3-0 to Bournemouth...

  20. One out, two in?

    Man Utd v Huddersfield, Sat (15:00 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says midfielder Marouane Fellaini is out through injury again, but hopes defender Eric Bailly and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic can return to action by the end of the month.